Why Colostrum Should Be Part Of Your Immune System Arsenal – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 142
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
There is a huge interest in immune system supplements right now due to the Coronavirus. This includes the essentials like Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Zinc. But there may be one more nutrient that you should add to your immune system arsenal. It is called Colostrum.
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is mother’s milk during the first few days after birth and is typically bovine sourced. It is a milky fluid that it is rich in immune system factors and is made for the first few days before true milk appears. Because any baby has a need to grow and develop Colostrum is rich in growth factors. These include IGF1 and IGF2. Because a baby does not have a fully functioning immune system it needs help in protecting itself from viruses and bacteria, so it is rich in immune system factors to help protect the newborn.
- Immunoglobulins are antibodies against specific dangerous bacteria and viruses; Antibody levels in bovine colostrum can be 100 times higher than levels in regular cow’s milk
- Cytokines are chemical messengers that stimulate activity by immune cells
Benefits of Colostrum
Colostrum is also loaded with:
- Lactoferrin, which fights bacteria infections in general
- Lactoperoxidases, which are like the hydrogen peroxide you have in your medicine cabinet and these kill bacteria
- Lysosymes are enzymes that dissolve bacteria
- Oligosaccharides for digestive health, growth, and immune system activity
For adults in general, Bovine colostrum is used as a dietary supplement to support digestive and immune health and to improve athletic performance. It is most commonly used for diarrhea and other infections. But it is also used for healing in general within the body.
Colostrum is helpful for;
- Digestive health concerns. Taking bovine colostrum seems to help against diarrhea in children. It also seems help shorten the duration.
- Respiratory support. Taking bovine colostrum by mouth may support the upper airway in people that exercise. It also might reduce symptoms of airway infections that do occur.
- Immune support. Taking bovine colostrum by mouth can support a healthy immune system. It seems to work in people that have already been vaccinated against the flu. It may also work in people that have a higher risk of getting the flu.
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